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Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:04 am
The Things They Didn’t Carry
Posted by: Keir Graff

My absence yesterday was not, in fact, because I was tired out from writing my massive Tuesday post РI was home with a sick kid. (Mine, fortunately.) And now today I feel almost to tired to post. But books never rest, and neither do I.


From the Guardian (“Alastair Campbell tops poll of discarded books,” by Michelle Pauli), a top 10 list that authors want no part of: the top 10 books most often discarded in Travelodge hotel rooms. As with so many of these stories, I pray for a U.S. equivalent.

The list:

1. The Blair Years, by Alastair Campbell
2. Don’t You Know Who I Am? by Piers Morgan
3. A Whole New World, by Jordan
4. Wicked, by Jilly Cooper
5. Dr Who Creatures & Demons, by Justin Richard
6. The Diana Chronicles, by Tina Brown
7. I Can Make You Thin, by Paul McKenna
8. Humble Pie, by Gordon Ramsay
9. The Story Of A Man And His Mouth, by Chris Moyles
10. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling

The quote:

It is unclear whether the books are read before being abandoned or are simply discarded out of boredom. However, most of the books on the list are hardbacks and many are heavy tomes – in weight if not in tone – which may offer some clues as to why holidaymakers choose to discard them rather than carry them on their travels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows comes in at nearly 800 pages while Wicked is pushing on 900. The reasons for the frequent abandonment in Travelodge hotels of Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Thin can, however, only be a matter of speculation.



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